The QuantaStor appliance available from SoftLayer offers a more permanent solution for accessing your object storage account. The QuantaStor appliance acts as a storage gateway and allows you to create nfs/cifs endpoints from your object storage clusters. The endpoints can then be mounted and accessed like any other nfs/cifs share. The QuantaStor appliance uses the S3QL Python library to access your object storage account and shares many of the same features, namely: data-deduplication, encryption, and compression. The QuantaStor appliance also provides the ability to schedule backups and push them to your object storage account.
|Advantages:||GUI, advanced features (encryption, compression, dedup, local caching), scheduled backup of volumes to object storage|
|Disadvantages:||Object storage containers cannot be shared by multiple hosts, configuration options are lacking (defaults assumed by QuantaStor)|
|Use Cases:||Integrated solutions, Automated backup to the cloud, permanent storage mounts|
Setup QuantaStor storage gateway
- Access your QuantaStor console.
- Click on the Cloud Containers tab.
- Click the Add Credentials button.
- Select SoftLayer Object Storage as your cloud provider and enter your object storage credentials and click OK.
- Click the Create button under the Cloud Container section.
- Fill in the form with the required information and click OK:
- Name: Enter a name for the container, e.g., CloudStorage.
- Cloud Provider: Select the SoftLayer Object Storage value that has the credentials you just entered./li>
- Location: Select the data center where your new store is to be created.
- Enable NFS/CIFS Access: Click in the checkbox if not already checked.
- Encryption Key: Enter a password for your storage encryption key. Re-enter it in the Confirm Encryption Key field.
- In order to use the new container, mount it from a Linux machine. Open a new terminal and create a new directory to be used as our mount point:
- Mount the cloud storage container:
mount.nfs4 10.114.94.142:/CloudStorage /mnt/quanta
- Access the directory like any other local directory, with the difference being that it's backed by SoftLayer Object Storage.